Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WIPpet Wednesday: "Not Today"

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I'm still working on those fight scenes and getting ready to draft Ko's novel. The problem I'm running into is that the back story of her training is just as interesting as the present-day story of her mission. I'm trying to decide whether I'll do flashbacks, part one / part two, or if I'll release her training as its own prequel. I personally like the flashback idea, but it's not necessarily popular with readers. Please chime in if you have suggestions.

This scene comes from Ko's training. I've included 15 sentences since we're in 2015.


Bending down, she swung her leg in a low arc and got him behind the knee. She may have been the size of a toddler for all the harm it caused him. 
She grunted when his fist swiped the side of her face. She spit on the ground and gritted her teeth.

This fight was hers.

He made slow, deliberate strides as she circled him. No good. She had to get in to his space. Had to find his weakness.

Ko had to win.

She was panting for air, her lungs still exhausted from her run the day before. He stood calm and unnerved. Waiting. Waiting for Ko to lose. Only that wasn't going to happen. Not today.


Random Fact: I've never been in a real fist fight, but I spent several years of my life assuming every little sister got the wind knocked out of her on a daily basis.

Blog Love: Huge thanks to K L Schwengel for hosting the WIPpet Wednesday blog hop, where authors post snippets from the current Works In Progress. 

Cool News: I just heard that our fundraiser for North Korean refugees helped save a ten-year-old girl named Eun Bi who is now safely settled in South Korea! Thanks to everyone who helped bring her to safety and freedom.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WIPpet Wednesday: "Even More Nasty"

Happy Wednesday! It's a new month, and I've got some new projects to work on while  (Kennedy's story) is with betas. What I'm doing now is more like pre-writing. I'm gearing up to do my first real spy novel, so I'm practicing fight scenes.

In honor of the second month of the year, here are two paragraphs from Fight Scene 101. Meet Agent Ko. I hope you like her as much as I do.


The man yanked the knife out of his back pocket and crouched, eyes gleaming, sweat beads already glistening on his forehead. "I'm gonna say something really mean and nasty here," he snarled. She pounced forward, dodging the wide, clumsy arc of his blade. The second he shifted his weight, she grabbed his wrist and yanked his arm back. He staggered forward with a grunt, and she kneed him in the sternum. The knife clattered on the floor. She gave him two swift chops in the center of his back, right between his lungs. He fell gasping.

Placing her hands on her hips, Ko pressed her high heel on the base of his neck, just above the shoulder blades. "Well, I'll say something even more nasty." She walked away without looking back.


Random Fact: I usually skim fight scenes when I read. Until now, that is.

Blog Love: Huge thanks to K L Schwengel for hosting the WIPpet Wednesday blog hop, where authors post snippets from the current Works In Progress.